Is The University of Michigan Broke?

By Jason Priestas on May 14, 2008 at 1:36 am

That’s the only reason I can think of as to why they haven’t just paid off West Virginia and put the Rodriguez saga to bed. How else do you explain the fact that the university is trying its best to ensure that the most exciting period in the last decade of Wolverine football enjoys some turbulence?


The latest twist is Rodriguez's claim that he was forced into signing an amended contract while under pressure from what were assuredly the sturdiest and most intimidating trustees ever. So, you're a former college football player and you're going to let the Montgomery Burns triumverate pressure you into signing a contract that you're uncomfortable with signing?

At a certain age -- most say 14 or so -- you learn what contracts are and also learn that breaking a contract will usually result in bad things happening to you. In his mid-forties, Rodriguez contends that he was misled because a variety of verbal promises, which were nowhere to be found in the... ahem... written document he was signing, were kept. Here's the best part: West Virginia says he had a sports agent, a lawyer and a financial advisor at his side during the signing.

Certainly Rodriguez and his attorneys believe they have a case and they may, but why a school that's dropping $226 million on stadium renovations is flinching over $4 million is beyond me.